|Publication number||US4127874 A|
|Application number||US 05/800,893|
|Publication date||Nov 28, 1978|
|Filing date||May 26, 1977|
|Priority date||May 27, 1976|
|Publication number||05800893, 800893, US 4127874 A, US 4127874A, US-A-4127874, US4127874 A, US4127874A|
|Inventors||Mineo Iwasawa, Tatsuo Sakaue, Hikaru Date, Takehiro Takamatsu|
|Original Assignee||Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., Ltd., Nippon Hoso Kyokai|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (3), Referenced by (32), Classifications (8)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to an apparatus for removing an unwanted signal from an incoming signal including a wanted signal and the unwanted signal which is the time-delayed wanted signal with a modified amplitude.
For example, the television signal, i.e. the composite video signal, received often includes the wanted video signal and the ghost signal which is delayed from the wanted video signal and has changed amplitude. Ghost trouble of television reception in city area being increased in high buildings, becomes more complicated, enlarging the trouble suffering area. A receiving antenna with a keen directivity can solve such the ghost trouble, along with a high disadvantage and difficulty of its fitting. The signal processing way at the video intermediate frequency amplifier stage which also successfully eliminates the trouble, suffers from complexity of the circuit construction because of necessity of control of the phase of the intermediate frequency carrier.
Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide an unwanted signal removing apparatus with a relatively simple construction.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus for automatically removing the ghost signal from the detected composite video signal.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus for automatically removing the ghost signal from the detected composite video signal, by using a transversal filter adaptable for integrated circuit.
An unwanted signal removing apparatus according to the present invention will be briefed. An unwanted signal, e.g. the ghost signal in the composite video signal, has a time-delay and a modified amplitude. The time delay and the modified amplitude of the ghost signal relative to the wanted signal are detected by a ghost detector connected to the output of an amplifier for a detected composite video signal and having tapped outputs. When a ghost signal exists, the relative amplitude and delay time of it relative to the wanted signal are represented by the signal level of a signal appearing at a tapped output and the position of the tapped output having such a signal, respectively. An input-weighted or output-weighted transversal filter receives a video signal including the ghost signal and the tapped output signals of the ghost detector for the purpose of weighting the video signal to form pseudo-ghost isgnal.
In order to detect the ghost signal, it is preferable to use a unit step-like signal included in the composite video signal transmitted. The apparatus of the invention uses the first individual pulse in the serrated vertical sync pulse consisting of six individual pulses each having the duration of about 27 μs succeeding to the equalizing pulses during a vertical blanking period in the composite video signal. When the ghost is included, the amplitude of the synchronizing signal varies with time during the pulse duration. The first pulse in the vertical sync pulse interval is sampled by the frequency three times the color sub-carrier frequency of about 10.7 MHz, for example. The level of the n-th sample is compared with that of the n+1-th one. The n represents integer, n = 1, 2, . . . . For the video signal with no ghost included, both the samples are equal in level. When these samples have different levels, the tapped output corresponding to the sampling section of the n+1-th has an output level which represents the relative amplitude of the ghost signal to the unit step signal and equals the difference between two samples. The tapped output signal provides the information of the delay time and relative amplitude of the ghost signal. The delay time and relative amplitude of the ghost signal to the unit step signal are equal to those to the video signal. Therefore, a transversal filter which is driven by the sampling frequency for the unit step like signal can produce only the ghost signal when the video signal and the weighting signals from the ghost detector are applied to the transversal filter.
In the apparatus of the invention, integrators are inserted between the tapped outputs of the ghost detector and the weighting circuit inputs of the transversal filter for improving the S/N ratio. The provision of the integrators ensures an excellent ghost removal function even in a weak electric field area.
The invention enables a ghost detector including a CCD analogue shift register and analogue switches, and a CCD transversal filter to be integrated into a single chip, thus providing a low cost and small size ghost killer.
The ghost killer of the invention can remove the ghosts with the delay time up to about 27 μs.
Other objects and features of the invention will be apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 shows a block diagram of a ghost killer embodying the invention;
FIG. 2 illustrates a train of synchronizing pulses during a vertical blanking period of the composite video signal, one of which may be used for detecting ghosts;
FIGS. 3A to 3D illustrate the relationship between the unit step-like signal and ghosts, these being included in the composite video signal;
FIG. 4 shows in block form the details of the ghost detector and the transversal filter in the FIG. 1 ghost killer;
FIGS. 5A to 5D show a set of timing diagrams for illustrating the operation of the FIG. 4 circuit;
FIG. 6 is a modification of the FIG. 4 circuit; and
FIG. 7 shows another example of the transversal filter which is applicable to the present invention.
Reference will now be made to FIG. 1 illustrating a feed back type ghost killer in accordance with the invention. As shown, a unity gain video amplifier 10 for a composite video signal from a video detector (not shown) is coupled at the output with a ghost detector 11 having tapped outputs O1 to On and a transversal filter 12.
As will be described in detail later, the ghost detector 11 is so arranged as to detect the delay time and relative amplitude of the ghost to a wanted signal on the basis of a selected synchronizing pulse during a vertical blanking period. When the ghost is included in the composite video signal, the amplitude of the synchronizing pulse varies with time for its pulse duration. In view of this fact, the ghost detector 11 operates: the selected synchronizing pulse is sampled with a given sampling frequency; the amplitudes of the m-th and m+1-th samples are compared where m = 1, 2, 3, . . . ; and through the comparison, the time delay and amplitude of the ghost are given at the tapped outputs of the detector. The amplitude of the ghost is represented by the amplitude of the signal appearing on one of the tapped outputs and the delay time by the position of the tapped output having the signal. The respective tapped outputs have predetermined time relation with respect to the leading edge of the corresponding synchronizing pulse to be sampled. The time interval between adjacent two tapped outputs Om and Om+1 euqals to the signal sampling period, and the time interval from the leading edge of the tapped output Om is shorter than that of the Om+1.
The transversal filter 12 shown in FIG. 1 is depicted in the form of an input-weighted transversal filter in which an input signal is weighted before it enters the delay network. This type filter is disclosed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. 681,700, filed Apr. 29, 1976. The input-weighted transversal filter 12 includes weighting circuits W1 to Wn to which the composite video signal is supplied from the video amplifier 10 and cascade-connected delay circuits D1 to Dn. The respective delay circuits have a delay function for providing the delay time equal to the sampling period to the input signal and an addition function. For this, the delay circuits are connected so that they each receive an output signal from the immediately preceding stage thereof and the output signal from the corresponding weighting circuit. To the respective weighting circuits W1 to Wn, the tapped outputs O1 to On from the ghost detector 11 are coupled for weighting the video signal. The respective weighting circuits are so arranged that, when no output signal appears on the corresponding tapped outputs, the input video signal is not applied to the delay network. Preferably, integrators I1 to In are connected between the tapped outputs O1 to On and the weighting circuits W1 to Wn.
The time delay and the relative amplitude of the ghost synchronizing pulse to the synchronizing pulse are equal to those of the ghost video signal to the video signal. Therefore, application of the weighting signals from the ghost detector and the video signal to the transversal filter can produce a pseudo-ghost signal of the video signal. The pseudo-ghost signal is applied to a substractor 13 placed at the input side of the video amplifier 10 where only the ghost signal is subtracted from the video signal.
For example, when a signal appears on the tapped output On-1, the video signal accompanied by the ghost is controlled in amplitude by the weighting circuit Wn-1 to have the amplitude equal to that of the ghost signal. The video signal with such an amplitude is applied to the delay circuit Dn-1. At the moment the ghost signal is applied to the subtractor 13, the amplitude-controlled video signal is applied to the subtractor 13 through the delay circuits Dn-1 to D1. In this manner, the ghost is cancelled or deleted in the subtractor 13.
Turning now to FIG. 2, there are shown synchronizing pulses in a vertical blanking period used for detecting the ghost. The ghost detection signal of the invention is the first pulse included in the vertical sync pulse interval succeeding to the equalizing pulse interval during the vertical blanking period. The first pulse is shaded in FIG. 2 and has the duration of 27.30 μs which is 0.43 times a horizontal line time H of 63.5 μs. As shown in FIG. 3, assume now that a unit-step like signal such as the shaded pulse in FIG. 2 has the amplitude of "1", as shown in FIG. 3A, and is accompanied by a positive ghost signal (FIG. 3B) delayed td1 and with the amplitude of 0.5 and a negative ghost (FIG. 3C) delayed td2 and with the amplitude of 0.25. The amplitude of the synthesized unit-step like signal varies with time as shown in FIG. 3D. Therefore, if such the pulse with the amplitude varying with time is sampled and the signal levels of samples are compared, the delay time and relative amplitude of the ghost may be detected. In this example, the synchronizing pulse is sampled by the frequency 10.7 MHz three times as large as the color sub-carrier frequency and which is much higher than the maximum frequency of the video signal. With use of the pulse having the 27.3 μs duration, this example can remove ghosts delayed up to 27 μs.
FIG. 4 will be referred to for detailed description of the ghost detector 11 and a transversal filter 12. As shown in the figure, an output signal from the video amplifier 10 is applied to the plus (+) terminal of a subtractor 21 and the minus (-) terminal of the same through a 1-bit delay circuit 22. The 1-bit delay circuit 22 is driven by clock signals of 3fsc (10.7 MHz) and delays the input signal about 0.09 μs (1/10.7 MHz). In this way, the input signal is smapled by the frequency of 3fsc and the amplitudes of adjacent samples are compared. The output signal of the subtractor 21 is clocked into an analogue shift register or analogue delay line 23 which is driven by the clock pulses 3fsc fed through a gate 24. The gate circuit 24 is enabled 60 times per second in response to the incoming of the first pulse of individual ones in the vertical sync pulse interval during the vertical blanking period. During the enabling duration of the gate 24, the analogue output signal of the subtractor 21 is sampled by the 3fsc clock signal and clocked into the analogue shift register 23. The number of stages of the analogue shift register 23 depends on the clock frequency 3fsc and the duration 0.43 H of the pulse to be sampled. In this example, the stage number may be 293 (3fsc × 0.43H) at the maximum, for example, even if the 1-bit delay 22 is included. To the respective stages of the shift register connected are corresponding analogue switches 25 the outputs of which are in trun connected to the integrators. After enabling of the gate 24, the analogue switches 25 are enabled for a predetermined time period, permitting the output signals at the respective stages of the shift register 23 to enter the corresponding integrators I1 to In.
The gate circuit 24 and the analogue switches 25 will be controlled in the following manner. The composite video signal is fed to a known sync separator 30 to take out only the sync pulse as shown in FIG. 5A. The sync pulse taken out is then transferred to a vertical integrator 31 and a wave shaper 22 to form an output pulse as shown in FIG. 5B. The output pulse from the wave shaper 32 triggers a monostable multivibrator 33 to produce a pulse with the duration of about 0.43 H as shown in FIG. 5C. The duration of the output pulse from the multivibrator 33 may be determined by the number of stages of the shift register which also determines the maximum delay time of the ghost removable. The output of the multivibrator 33 is applied to the gate circuit 24 to enable it, and also is applied to another monostable multivibrator 34. The multivibrator 34 is triggered at the negative transition of the output pulse of the multivibrator 34 to form a pulse as shown in FIG. 5D for enabling the analoque switch 25. Together with the video signal from the video amplifier 10, the outputs of the intergrators I1 to In are applied to the corresponding weighting circuits W1 to Wn of the transversal filter 12. Each weighting circuit includes a load resistor R and MOS FET's Q1 and Q2 which are connected in series across a power supply. The FET Q1 is connected at the gate electrode to the corresponding integrator and the FET Q2 at the gate to the video signal. A delay circuit is coupled with the connection point between the load resistor R and the FET Q1. The delay network D1 to Dn is driven by the 3fsc clock signal, as in the case of the analogue shift register 23, and each delay circuit has a delay function of about 0.09 μs, like each stage of the shift register 23.
The analogue shift register 23 operates to receive an output signal from the subtractor 21 every field time, through the operation of the gate 24. Therefore, each of integrators I1 to In receives an analogue signal once per field time from the corresponding stage of the shift register 23 through the corresponding analogue switch.
In this example, an integration time constant that the output signal level of the integrator reaches the input signal level is selected relatively large, for example, 60-field time (1 second). In other words, the output signal level of the integrator equals the input one when the integrator receives 60 input signals at the rate of once per field time. This means that the transversal filter does not produce a pseudo-ghost signal for substatially deleting the ghost included in the composite video signal until 60-field time lapses. For this, the ghost removal operation is delayed somewhat. With such minor disadvantage, the integrators are employed for relieving the random noises included in the composite signal to improve the signal to noise ratio of automatic gain control signals or weighting signals for the video signal from the ghost detector to the transversal filter. The X/N ratio for the integration time constant of 60-field time is improved about 18 dB, compared to that for 1-field time. This means that a good ghost killer operation is ensured even in weak electric field areas. The use of the integrators further eliminates erronous operation of the ghost killer due to sudden external noises.
At least these circuitries, i.e. the subtractor 21, the 1-bit delay circuit 22, the analogue shift register 23, the analogue switches 25, the integrators I1 to In, and the transversal filter 12, may be integrated into a single semiconductor chip. Charge transfer devices such as charge coupled devices or bucket brigade devices may be used for the 1-bit delay circuit 22, the analogue shift register 23, and the transversal filter 12. The output-weighted transversal filter as shown in FIG. 7 may also be used for the transversal filter.
Referring to FIG. 6, there is shown a modification of FIG. 4, in which like numerals are used to designate like portions in FIG. 4, thus omitting the description of details of the corresponding portions. In this example, an output signal from the video amplifier 10 is sampled by the 3fsc clock signal and clocked into the analogue shift register 23. The comparison between the adjacent samples are made by subtractors S1 to Sn each connected to outputs of adjacent analogue switches 25. Therefore, an additional stage and switch are needed for the analogue shift register 23 and the analogue switches 25 compared to the FIG. 4 circuit.
In FIGS. 4 and 6 embodiments, the operation of analogue shift register is limited within the duration of a given pulse in the vertical blanking period, by controlling the supply of shift pulses to the analogue shift register 23 by using the gate circuit 24. With provision of the gate circuit 24 at the input side of the analogue shift register 23, the supply of input signal to the shift register may be performed during the duration of the pulse to be sampled. Alternatively, the analogue switch 25 may be constructed so as to be enabled for the duration of the pulse to be sampled.
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